The idea of Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari makes fans of the red team around the world dream. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion is an incredible, hyper-uranic driver. With immense talent, he has demonstrated his strength in his career, often winning races when his car wasn’t up to par, adding more value to the car than most. A well-rounded personality that needs no introduction. The pairing of the Brit with the Maranello team is spine-chilling, in a positive sense, as it should be.
The Prancing Horse has recently announced the renewal of Charles Leclerc. A multi-year agreement with the Monegasque, three seasons fixed and the option to extend for another two. A pharaonic contract to secure the Ferrari driver, on which John Elkann has given the green light to build the near future. Therefore, from the 2024 racing season, Charles’s centrality in the Ferrari project will be evident. Maximum support for the twenty-six-year-old from Monaco because pursuing the coveted goal by relying on the right horse makes a difference.
In this scenario, a piece was missing. We’re talking about Carlos Sainz, of course. The Spaniard has excellent qualities and, character-wise, forms an excellent pair with Leclerc. However, his ambition to become a world champion clashes with the wishes of the Italian team, as the Modena-based squad has already chosen whom to strongly focus on to return to the top. A fundamental condition that Carlos did not seem able to accept since, evaluating his abilities, he does not feel at all inferior to Charles Leclerc.
A headache for the Spaniard, who has only one year of a contract with the Maranello team. At the age of 29, the Spaniard expected to secure his tomorrow and, with the next contract, put himself in a position to vie for the drivers’ title. His ambition is more than justified. It would be rather defeatist to settle for a supporting role. Yet, the Maranello team did not want to offer more. So, the hypothesis of Hamilton emerged, with the British driver willing to “free” himself from Mercedes to join the Ferrari cause.
Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton: the last chance to fulfill a dream
For humans, dragging the sense of a missed opportunity inside can be a good thing in certain circumstances. It gives life a kind of “aesthetic patina,” a perfect excuse to be unhappy when things don’t go as they should. Yes, because Lewis is not used to losing. He doesn’t like it. And despite his venerable age, for an F1 driver, he transparently nurtures a goal: to win the eighth title and become the most successful world champion ever. Could Ferrari offer him this opportunity?
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The question makes sense when we consider Ferrari’s recent moves. Would Lewis be the number 2 as Charles Leclerc’s sidekick? Would a driver who has dictated the rules throughout his career lower his demands? It is hard to believe that such a phenomenon would accept such a condition. So, perhaps, wouldn’t it be more sensible to stay in Brackley, where the team has recently declared that they are counting on him to bring the title home? Not to mention that the German team offers the same chances of success as Ferrari in the near future, or perhaps even more.
The truth remains hidden for now, but one thing is certain. Lewis Hamilton will be racing for Ferrari starting with 2025. We are talking about a partnership that would effectively trigger a chain reaction. Then there is another question that intrigues us: what does Leclerc think about the idea of sharing the box with Lewis? Would the Ferrari driver be happy to see the radiant smile of the Black King wandering in the team’s garages? Giving an answer to these questions seems quite complicated at the moment. This is because another interest could be hidden behind the move.
On the other hand, we can argue that Lewis brings a lot of experience. A huge Mercedes know-how. The deepest secrets of the German team. A direct way to increase the technical baggage of the red team.
A measure that, on the one hand, would provide an extraordinary return of image, and on the other, could ensure an extra contribution to building a winning team because, as we have reiterated several times, Ferrari’s goal is to create a cycle and not limit itself to merely competing at the top. In this context, the support of the Brit would be very welcome, as well as factual.